Friday, March 30, 2012

Treating myself

Yesterday, I was having a small selfish moment. I don't buy things for myself very often, but I ordered this beast on Amazon:

I have a small 1-2 cup food processor, but it doesn't cut it when I want to make hummus because I have to process it in two batches, and it doesn't get it very smooth.

So, this guy's currently on a FedEx truck for delivery to my house, and should be there when I get home today. Good thing I'm going to the store today. I see fresh salsa in my future. :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weekend Goals

I know, it's only Thursday. But I'm only working a 1/2 day tomorrow, so I'm in weekend mode already.

With me on my "frugal living" kick, I'm trying to save money wherever we go. Lately, it seems like we run errands on Friday evening or Saturday morning, get home, get settled, then Matt starts working on something, and decides that he needs to go back to town to get something he can't live without until Monday. This frustrates me because each trip to town and back costs us around $5, with the price of gas being so high (and going up every day), AND in the car that gets better gas mileage.

That being said, my new goal is to think ahead, think about all that we want/need to accomplish during that weekend, and decide what supplies and stops we need to make in order to make those things happen. Then, run all errands at once, so we can stay home all weekend. Staying home all weekend not only saves us money, it allows us a lot more time to accomplish things. I'll talk to Matt tonight, figure out his own weekend goals, and tweak my errand-running tomorrow in order to get what he needs. (Either that or just have him make his own stops before he comes home from work tomorrow!)'s my tentative plan for the weekend (always subject to and likely to change):

Tomorrow, Friday 3/30:
* Off work at noon
* Go to WalMart for groceries (serious case of Mother Hubbard in our house right now)
* Go to the meat market to stock the deep freeze
* Go pick up the kids from daycare
* Take the boys to the doctor (finally!)
* Stop at JoAnn Fabrics for supplies (see below for what I want to accomplish)
* Go to Sam's for remaining groceries (some things just have to be bought in bulk!)
* Home for the weekend

Saturday and Sunday, 3/31 - 4/1:
These are the things I'd like to accomplish this weekend (this is an ambitious list when you have 2 under the age of 3, I'm aware):
*Get a decent run in
* Clean the kitchen (eww)
* Clean the dining area and bookshelf/desk area (those two are in the same room)
* Catch up on laundry
* Make a set of coasters for dad's birthday (super-belated. oops)
* Finish the front side of the baby-clothes-blanket I'm making
* Sew a shirred skirt (I've been wanting to do this for months)
* Start working on decorative pillows to go on the new couch
* Start painting the shower curtain

Like I said, I know that's very ambitious. While I set big goals, I'm also pretty realistic. My 9-month-old has been half sick for the past week, and he's cutting his top teeth. My two year old craves constant attention. While I want him to learn to be independent, I also insist on giving him the undivided attention he wants and needs for a little bit each day.

So, I'll be happy if I can make a good dent in this list, but I honestly don't expect to get it all done. We'll see what happens. Update next week.

If I don't get anything posted tomorrow, I'll see you all next week. Happy weekend!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Time and Energy.......Wasted

What came to your mind when you read that title? Negativity, right? It sounds like I'm going to complain about all this hard work I put into something, and all for nothing. Right?

Well, it started out like that. I found myself in a very negative mood. But it turned into something very positive, and I'm excited to share it with you!

I've been married for four and a half years now. It's common knowledge that spouses will drive each other crazy. If your spouse doesn't make you want to scream and occasionally smack him/her across the face, you aren't in a normal relationship (just my opinion, people!)!!

But, as I was thinking yesterday, I spend a lot of time being irritated with my husband. I let that irritation fester, and it then turns to anger. He got toys out after I cleaned the toyroom and didn't put them away after he was done playing with the kids. He hung my pants up wrong, and they're all wrinkly now. He hung the toilet paper wrong and he knows that drive me crazy. He brought tools into the house and didn't take them back out to the garage. He sleeps until 7 every morning while I get up at 5, just to get myself and our two boys ready to head out the door for the day.

Sigh....the list could go on. Like, for days. But, why? I only have so much energy to expend each day, and I have been expending a LOT of it being irritated with my husband. I have decided that I want to expend that energy in more positive ways. Like giggling with my kids. Like cooking delicious meals for my family that I love so much.

Will my husband still irritate me? Duh. But I have control over how I handle that irritation.
1) I can keep it bottled up and let it fester for days until it results in an argument.
2) Or I can just let it slide off my shoulders and accept things for what they are, and move on.

I'm choosing option #2. I had my first experience this morning, as I woke up at 5:15 am, was rushing around, getting myself ready, getting Jameson fed and dressed, getting Hendrix his piece of toast, then his second piece of toast. Then dressing Hendrix, then discovering he'd taken his socks off. Re-dressing his little feet......all while Matt slept, then woke up and headed straight to the bathroom for his shower. Frustrating! And it won't ever stop being frustrating. But I don't want to spend so much time and energy being negative about it.

So, that's my new goal. Raise my white flag, accept that things are the way they are, move on, and spend my time being happy.

We'll see how well this works. :o)

My life, in pictures (3.18 - 3.25)

I'm really loving this new "Intagram" app! It's similar to Twitter/Facebook, but it's all pictures. And the effects to the pictures are just so cool! I'm on Instagram, and can be found by the name "snmetz84." Find me, follow me, I'll reciprocate!

Sun 3/18: A Corner Of Your Home

An unfinished corner, but a corner none the less. Happy to report that it's now finished! (Well, the corner is, anyway...)

Mon 3/19: Funny

This little man cracks me up. So dramatic!

Tues 3/20: Before/After
Hummus doesn't last long around me!

Weds 3/21: Delicious

I can't get enough of this stuff. It's bad.

Thurs 3/22: Kitchen Sink

Gross. But it's what we're working with for the time being.

Sat 3/24: An Animal

Not sure if an insect qualifies as an animal, but I'm saying so for the purpose of #photoaday! And, how crazy is it that I'm killing a yellow jacket in my house in March? Sheesh!

Weekend Recap (3.23 - 3.25)

Friday night was less than exciting, because we just went to WalMart for some house-decorating supplies, and came home.

Saturday morning, I spent about two and a half hours cleaning and organizing the boys' toy room. That post can be seen here, on my new blog!

After the toy room was clean, I decided to get out my hair extensions and play with them again. Here they are in, but not curled or styled. I wish I had more time to play with them, cause I know they'd be just beautiful if I worked with them more.

Saturday evening, we got a babysitter, and Matt and I went out to dinner. We had planned on going to our favorite Italian restaurant, Biaggi's, but they didn't have any reservations available at the time we wanted, so we tried a new restaurant, Poco Piatti. It's Lebanese and Mediterranean food and verrrrry delicious!

I wore my flying beetle/whateveritis bling ring, which I hardly ever wear. I thought he looked cool!

At dinner, we ordered an order of hummus with pita bread as an appetizer. The pita bread was absolutely awesome, and the hummus was good, though I thought there was too much lemon juice in it. Still good though, and we devoured it!

We ordered a pitcher of mixed white and red sangria. We didn't begin to drink the whole pitcher, but it cost $16 for a pitcher, and $6 for a glass. I think we drank three glasses between the two of us, and left half the pitcher there, but still saved ourselves money! It was absolutely amazing, too. Very light and refreshing. I see us having another date there this summer, just for the sangria! :)

For my dinner, I got a half order of chicken shish-kabob and greek potatoes. It was all so tasty. I almost forgot to snap a picture of it before I dug right in!

After dinner, Matt went home to get the boys to bed, and I met two girlfriends at the movies to see The Hunger Games! It was really good, and followed the book pretty closely. I'd love to see it again. And, of course, I can't wait until the next two movies come out! While I was sitting in the theatre waiting for the movie to start, and before Matt had gotten home, Lexi sent me this picture of the boys:

Are you laughing yet? Seriously, Jameson looks bigger than Hendrix. I'm pretty sure they weigh about the same. I giggled at this for a long time!

I always go in and kiss the boys sweet sleeping faces before I go to bed at night. Check out the position I caught Jameson sleeping in. Ha! I got another good laugh out of this, then pulled his fat little leg out of the slats so he could sleep more comfortably!

Sunday turned out to be a pretty nice day. I wanted to take the boys to the park, but sometimes get tired of the same old thing. We drove about ten minutes to Whitehouse, a small town between Grand Rapids and Holland (where I work). There used to be a railroad going through there that's now no longer in commission. They still have a railroad car there though, so Hendrix and I explored it, and asked daddy to snap a picture. Isn't my little man just so handsome?

Hendrix loved playing at the park, of course!

We took a short walk around a little pond they had. Check out this picture of springtime in full bloom!

Overall, it was a very enjoyable weekend, though it passed too quickly, as they always do.

Don't forget to check out my new blog: Tennies, Totes, and Tinsel where I will post about things including exercise, cleaning and organization, and crafting!

Hope everyone enjoys their week!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Warm weather randomness!

Yesterday was another fabulous March warm day! The high was 82 degrees. This stuff is crazy!

Hendrix ate all of his dinner last evening. This finicky eater never does that, so I rewarded his clean plate with a Popsicle. I let him choose what color he wanted, though I already knew what he'd pick. Can you tell, from this picture, what this boy's favorite color is? Nah, didn't think so. Hahaha!

I'm working on doing a better job at being a sweet mom and wife. I wrote a little message on my Hendrix's sandwich baggie for his lunch today. I hope his teacher will read it to him and it will bring a little smile to his face.

And this picture seriously brings tears to my eyes every time I look at it. Don't you just want to take a bite out of this little thing????

I really love my family. That's all. Have a super Friday!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My sweet blond boy...

It should be noted that I didn't grow up on a farm. I didn't grow up in the city either, just a small town.

But that boy of mine, he's born for farm life, I'm telling ya! He just can't get enough of being outdoors, heavy machinery, and animals.

Lucky for him that his babysitter is a farmer's wife! I just really love these people that care for my sons while I'm at work. Hendrix loves them too. He's always begging to go to Angie's house!

She texted me a couple pictures of him this week. I can't imagine what was going through this boy's head.....I CAN imagine, however, him stuttering because his brain was working faster than his mouth was. He does that when he gets excited. It's too adorable. Here's Hendrix, in his own little heaven:

Man oh man, I love this boy!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Know Stephanie Better - What's on my heart today.

I didn't look up a writing prompt today. I'm just going to speak what's on my heart.

I've been struggling a bit the last couple weeks. I really feel like my boys are growing up right before my eyes, and I'm missing it all.

Hendrix has conversations with us and uses vocabulary that it would surprise me to hear a 3 or 4 year old have. Jameson now imitates and actually plays, and has developed a very silly and (I have a feeling sarcastic in the future) personality.

And these two precious gifts of God spend 10 hours a day during the week with someone other than me.

It's pretty much breaking my heart. Yesterday morning at work, I can't tell you how many times I was fighting tears as I thought about how much I wanted to be home with my kids.

My job is pretty good, as jobs go. I'm not complaining about that, especially after the department I worked in before this one. And I am thankful to have a good job. I just feel like its so mundane and unimportant in the grand scheme of things.

Matt has a job interview on Friday morning, and we're really hoping, first, that he gets an offer, and, second, that the offer is what we need it to be, financially, in order for him to accept it. If it all goes as we're hoping, I'm seriously considering trying to find something part time so that I can still get out of the house for a few hours each week, but spend a lot more time with my kids, and not be feeling like a horrible mother 95% of the time.

I love the thought of being a full time mom and housewife. It sounds so 1950's, but I can only imagine all the things I'd be able to accomplish, along with spending ridiculous amounts of playtime with the world's cutest boys. But - I'm not sure if it's society, or just me being really hard on myself - I feel that if I were to stay at home full time, it's almost a waste of my college degree. I don't want to stay at home forever, but I feel these early years of my children's lives are so vital, and that I need to be there for them, more than I currently am. for right now, I'm sticking it out, and just kind of waiting to see what happens with Matt on Friday.

So, if you're the praying type, please lift up Matt that he might have a great interview on Friday, and that we can make the best decision for us regarding my work.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekend Recap: 3/16 - 3/18

This weekend was extremely fast-paced and kind of a blur! I'm also ridden with some guilt about not spending enough quality time with the boys. I told Matt that we're going to make up for that this coming weekend. Lots of Hendrix and Jameson time.

Friday evening, we took stroll down to the park so the boys could swing. We came across this little fellow, burrowed down into the grass. We helped him get out, and Hendrix just LOVED seeing him hop, hop, hop!

After the boys got to bed Friday, Matt and I got to work on what would be a weekend-long project. We finished up mudding the cracks in the drywall, which you see below, and primed the walls for paint.

Saturday, we had our babysitter, Lexie, come over and watch the boys while we ran errands in Bowling Green. We went to Home Depot and ordered our new flooring, which will hopefully be in in about 2 weeks. Then we went to Hobby Lobby to look at fabric for curtains, then stopped at Wal-Mart for a few basic things. After we got home, we went for a long walk along the towpath to enjoy the crazy-warm St. Patrick's Day weather.

At the end of the towpath, near the dam, we saw this big black snake sunning himself on a branch. As we were walking away, another lady (not to stereotype, but she was in a glitter shirt, blazer, and fancy sandal-like shoes) was overheard asking, "Is that a water-moccasin?" Let's just say Matt and I were stifling some serious laughter as we were walking away!

Once we got back to the town-end of the towpath, we looked down and noticed the boys heads were together. I snuck around the front of the stroller and snapped this *RIDICULOUSLY* adorable picture of the Metz brothers snuggling. Ahh, my heart just exploded.

After our walk we went back home and primed the walls. This went fairly quickly, and we were able to take the boys out to play in the yard. I sat Jameson on a blanket and blew bubbles with him while Hendrix rode his tricycle up and down the block. I went with Hendrix for a lap and snapped this picture of the neighbor's tree in bloom. Yay!

Sunday we put two coats of paint on the walls, and managed to get a few loads of laundry done as well. We moved all the furniture into the front room, where our wood stove used to be in preparation for de-spackling the ceiling. We had planned on doing the ceiling later this week, but felt like we just needed to push on and get it done. After the boys were in bed, we went to work, and had all the "popcorn" off within an hour.

After that, we just took the scrapers and smoothed down any rough parts of the mud. We are going to re-mud any holes/screws tonight and hopefully prime it tonight as well.

At this point (about 9:30 PM), both of our bodies had hit a wall. I was seriously finding it difficult to step up onto the ladder, and I had had enough. We rolled up our floor coverings, took them out to the trash pile, and finished for the weekend.

I took a shower, crawled into bed, and think I was unconscious within about 2 minutes! It was a LOT of work, but we want everything to get done so badly, we just keep pushing through.

I can't wait to do a final reveal of the room, but it'll be at least a few weeks yet. Patience: my arch nemesis!!

Stay tuned!

My Life, In Pictures

I did so well last week! This week, I just know I took more than two pictures, but they seem to have mysteriously disappeared off my phone. I'm just sure that a certain gorgeous blond 2-year old had nothing to do with that!!! Anyway, I played around with Instagram this week, and edited one of them. Enjoy.

Monday, 3/12:


And my delicious salad. Mmm. I'm on such a salad kick lately.

Saturday, 3/17:


Shot of a storefront in Grand Rapids, while out frolicking in the beautiful St. Patty's day weather.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Warm day family geocaching adventure!

It got up to 79 degrees yesterday. Whoa! So, of course, as soon as we got home, we changed clothes, ate a very quick bite of dinner (thank you, crock pot.), and headed back outside to enjoy the weather!

We stopped over at our neighbors' house to chat for a few minutes. Our neighbors are seriously the nicest people. Ever. Here is Joie helping Jameson swing on the swingset. He was less than impressed. Ha!

After that, we decided to take a walk. We crossed to the north side of the river, and headed west on the towpath. I got out my phone and opened the geocaching app to see if there were any caches in the nearby area that we could find. We were in luck. :) It was 0.6 miles west, so we set out.

We walked all the way to the end of the canal, and found a new spot along the river that was very peaceful and pretty:

The cache was on top of a tall, dead tree stump. Thanks, Matt, for being 6 ft. tall! It was this painted peanut butter jar, and had typical swag in it - cheap trinkets. Hendrix enjoyed checking it out though, and - once we had put it back - was begging to go find more treasure.

We headed back east after we found the geocache, because we didn't want it to get too dark or chilly. Here's a view of the canal. Oh how I look forward to leaves being on these trees!

Once we got back to the mill, I couldn't help but snap this picture of the train bridge. I just love this thing.

We got back to our neighborhood, and discovered that little Jameson had just zonked right out. I guess the vibrations of the stroller and the warm breeze did it. I can't say I blame him. How sweet is that?

When we got home, we let Hendrix play in the yard for a few minutes. I tried to rouse sleepy little piggy. He wasn't really having it. :)

After our fun evening outside, we headed in for bath time, then bed time. It was a very enjoyable day!

And, it's supposed to be in the 70's for about the next five days. Woo hoo!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 11 (3/11 - 3/17)

Sunday 3/11: Knee exercises

Monday 3/12: Rest

Tuesday 3/13: Rest

Wednesday 3/14:
20 minutes on elliptical - just over three miles - calories unknown (gauge on machine was way off, since it said I burned 60 calories in 20 minutes and over three miles -- I don't think so)

10 minutes on resistance weight machine

**I've never had the greatest things to say about our workout facility at my job, but after playing on the weight machine today, I'm kind of loving it! This thing is so cool, and fantastic for the muscle mass I hope to build up this spring/summer!**

Thursday 3/15:
22 minutes on the elliptical at work - 3 miles
10 minutes on resistance weights

Friday 3/16:

Saturday 3/17:

Another terrible week, but at least I got some exercise in. I'm going to try to get out for a run or two this week, since the temps are so warm. We worked on our house allllll weekend long, so I was unable to fit in a run this weekend. That needs to be remedied!

Thoughts on 1/2 Marathon - Five weeks out...

As you know, I've got runner's knee. You also know I decided to train for and run the Glass City 1/2 Marathon about fifteen weeks ago.

My training was going amazing, it really was. I got up to running 9 straight miles. Only.....that was three and a half weeks ago. After that long run, the runner's knee struck me, and it struck hard. I took a week off of running, and did the elliptical machine, as a lower-impact alternative to running. That weekend, I went out for another run, planning on doing another 9, and only got in 6.8 miles before I had to hobble the rest of the way home in serious pain.

After that, I made an appointment with an orthopedic doctor to find out what was going on, and to make sure I wasn't really seriously injured. I did no physical exercise in that week and a half between my almost-7-mile run and my doctor's appointment. After it was confirmed that I just had a case of Runner's Knee, and that I was not doing my knee any damage by training, I got a fancy new brace, and planned on setting out last weekend for a five-miler. I got in three before the pain started, struggled and pushed for another half mile, then - once again - hobbled my way home.

Today, March 14th, we're sitting at about five and a half weeks before the race. In approximately 35 days, I'm supposed to go out and run 13.1 miles. Let's be honest. It isn't going to happen! I have full confidence that, had I not gotten injured, I would be running 13 right now. But this injury has slowed me down drastically, and as much as it currently hurts to run, I have accepted the fact that I will not be running 13.1 miles at the end of April 2012.

Notice that last sentence is in italic font. Why the heck did she do that???

Two things to take from that sentence.

1) I said I will not be running the race. I didn't say I won't be participating. The course is open for four hours, and I have figured that I can move as slow as 18:00 per mile and still finish under 4 hours. I will run what I can, and when it hurts, I'll walk. I gave myself a pep talk today, and I reminded myself that even my slowest, most pathetic pace is still beating the pace of everyone sitting on their couches. :o)

2) I said I wouldn't be running at the end of April 2012. I'm not quitting running. I think it's excellent exercise, and it's a great way to clear the mind and feel amazing when you're done, both physically and mentally. Will I train for another 1/2 marathon? Maybe someday!

You see, I don't feel like I need to cross the finish line after 13.1 miles in order to feel that I've accomplished something in life. I've got a great husband, beautiful children, a cozy home we call ours, a job, a great family - the list goes on. I've accomplished and achieved a great deal in my 27 years. Running is extra. If I get to run a 1/2 someday, then FANTASTIC. If not, that's ok.
My main goal right now is rehabilitation of my knee, and maintaining fitness and a healthy body weight and image. I want to be healthy for myself, my husband, and my kids. If that is achieved by means other than running 40-50 miles a month, then that's ok.

I'm still going to run, once I can get this pain under control. But I'm going to mix it up with lots of cross training, and again - just focus on being healthy.

And there ya have it, folks.

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Know Stephanie Better...

If you were to change one thing about yourself to make you more "normal," what would it be?

I have this bad habit of talking to myself. Like, all the time. I'm 99.9% sure it makes me look like I belong in the loony bin. I'm making a concerted effort not to do it so much, but it's a habit I've had since I was a young kid. I'll keep working on it. :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 10 (3/4 - 3/10)

I've spent this past week still trying to recuperate from my patellofemoral pain syndrome. I went on one run, and it was pathetic. You can read my sentiments about it here.

Saturday, March 10th: 3.5 miles

Miles for the week: 3.5
Miles for the month: 3.5
Miles for the year: 104.26
Sad faces for the year: 354

Weekend Recap 3/10 - 3/12

The weather this weekend was just fantastic! It definitely played a part in our activities.

Friday evening was just like a normal weekday evening. We didn't do anything out of the ordinary, and I went to bed by 10 pm, like usual. :)

Saturday morning, I got up at 6 am, to go for my first run in 13 days. I was ready to get back out there, but was only aiming for about 5 miles. I got to 3 and was in intense pain. I pushed and struggled my way through another 1/2 mile, and hobbled home. VERY disappointing.

I'm not really sure what I'm disappointed in though. It's not like I didn't try to get five miles. I'm not a wussy, but I'm telling you - this knee pain is for real! I was barely able to walk on my right leg on Sunday, and it's still very sore today. I've accepted the fact that I'm not going to be running this 1/2 marathon. I will probably still try to do a mix of run/walk, but that was NOT my plan, and I'm pretty bummed. I'm going to continue doing my exercises, and thinking the doctor may give me a cortisone injection on my follow up visit in a few weeks, and I may be able to limp through it. But I know I've lost fitness over these last 3 weeks that I've been taking it easy, and not running. It makes me very sad, but I want to make sure I heal my knee, and do it properly and fully so that I can get back to running longer distances, and maybe doing a different 1/2 marathon in the fall, or next spring. Sigh.

Anyway....back to the weekend recap. After my run on Saturday, I took a shower, and Hendrix and I headed to Bowling Green for some errands. We went to Goodwill (to drop stuff off, and do a little browsing - no finds), Kroger, Great Clips for my little man's haircut, and WalMart. When we got home, Hendrix and I took a nap while Matt watched Jameson. Then, Matt went to Home Depot. Once we were all home, we just hung out and played legos. :) I snapped these two ridiculously adorable pics of my boys Saturday evening:

We've been redecorating our bathroom, and there will be a full post to come, once it's all finished. Here is a very sneaky sneak peak of the shelf area, that Matt worked on over the weekend. I cannot wait to do the full reveal!

Sunday, I played and sang with the worship team at church. We had to be there for practice at 7 am. Keep in mind that we sprang forward Saturday I was basically up at 5 am, and at church at 6 am. OUCH! After practice, I ran home to pick up the guys, and we headed back for service at 11 am. After church, we did a quick run-through Wendy's for lunch. It was way too beautiful out to waste time cooking! :o)

Jamers had fallen asleep in my arms at church, during the sermon, (which -by the way - hasn't happened in probably 6 months. Best.Thing.Ever.) Hendrix is old enough now that - though it's tough sometimes - he can go without a nap. So, due to the amazing weather and sunshine, we decided to forego the naps, and play outside!

Jameson got to swing for the very first time. This little piggy just loved it. His fat legs were kicking non-stop, and he would just giggle away. Ohmydeargoodness this boy is so sweet he's edible, I swear!

I didn't get any action shots of Hendrix, because I was swinging Jameson while daddy chased Hendrix up and down the swirly slide. He was having a ball though!

Sunday morning, while at church, we discovered this spot on Jameson's right foot:

Not sure at all what it is, but it started looking a lot worse by Sunday night. It looks like a cross between a zit and a wart, but it looks very red and infected. It looked a bit better when he woke up this morning, but definitely still there.....I'll give it a few days, and as long as he doesn't act like it's hurting him, we'll see if it goes away on its own.

And, you see this???

We arranged with our neighbors to come over today, as I write this entry, and rip it out! We've disliked this since we moved in almost 3 years ago, and we haven't used the stove a single time. We have never been sure it's safe, and burning wood is just scary with little ones in the house. Plus, that hearth has been the cause of so many bumps and bruises.....and it's finally going away! I'm so very anxious to get home this evening and see what kind of repair work we have to do the walls behind it, but I think (HOPE!) we're prepared.

After the boys went to bed last night, Matt started seeing how loose the mortar really was. This is what he accomplished with bare hands:

Yeah, it's time for this beast to go. Can't wait to get home tonight!

And that pretty much sums up our weekend. Simple. Enjoyable. I hope that next weekend consists of me painting the living room walls. I'm thinking of a pale yellow, with bright and happy accents, and light, airy curtains. Ohhh I'm excited!

My pictures

Finally!!! A week where I actually took a picture each day! (Ok, so maybe there was a day or two where I snapped two pics to make up, but whatever - don't judge! Hehehehe)

Sunday, March 4th:


I am really wanting to re-decorate our bedroom. Well, that's along with wanting to redecorate every other room in our house. I have trouble with the "one-thing-at-a-time" thing....

Monday, March 5th:


I am SO not enjoying looking at pictures of myself lately. I'm seeing the evidence of getting older every day, and I do not like it.

Tuesday, March 6th:

5 PM

This picture stinks. Sorry for the pathetic quality here...

Wednesday, March 7th:

Something you wore

I downloaded this app called "PicFrame" on my iphone. It lets you put up to, like, five pictures into one. Love it!

Thursday, March 8th:


This school bus has windows, one of which contains a giant golf ball. Hehehehe.

Friday, March 9th:


Ahh, my trusty water bottle. I've had this thing for over three years, and pretty much every day it sits by my side, slowly being emptied and refilled. It's been a loyal friend. :)

Saturday, March 10th:


Hendrix helped me clean out my car this weekend. He discovered the loudness of the horn. Fun times!